Saturday, May 06, 2006

Deja Vu in Walnut Park

Deja Vu in Walnut Park

As most folks have heard, about 2:40 PM on Friday, May 5th, three teenagers were shot while getting off a MetroBus at the corner of Lillian and Emerson in Walnut Park.

One 17-year-old male was killed. And the bus driver was injured by flying glass.

Flashback to October 13 1992, and you'll find this article from the Post-Dispatch by Bill Bryan:

A young man who was shot to death on a Bi-State bus Sunday probably was an intended target, rather than a bystander in a random shooting, a top police official said Monday.
''The killer knew exactly who he wanted to shoot,'' said Lt. Sam Lackland, deputy commander of the crimes against persons division.

Lackland sought to reassure the bus-riding public. ''This shooting was an isolated incident,'' he said. ''It is not unsafe to ride a bus.''

Tharris Lomax, 21, was shot twice in the back shortly after 9:30 p.m. as he was seated on a Lee Avenue bus. Lomax, of the 1900 block of O'Fallon Street, was pronounced dead at Barnes Hospital.

Lomax was shot by another passenger, about 15 years old. After the shooting, the gunman got off the bus at Emerson and Lillian avenues, in the Walnut Park neighborhood, and ran north on Arlington Avenue.

That's the same corner - Emerson and Lillian. Most likely, it's the same bus route, the #41 Lee.

Right now, I'm hearing police 'choppers hoving over my Southside neighborhood, for the umpteenth time. It's probably completely unrelated, but it doesn't exactly make me feel any better.

Good night and be safe.

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